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Lockdown did not stop FIATA member activities


The Association des Freight Forwarders du Maroc (AFFM) has developed its work within the private and public sector. Through its academy, AFFM launched training for FIATA’s Freight Forwarding Diploma. It regularly organizes meetings addressing current topics, including webinars during the COVID-19 pandemic. AFFM works closely with the ministry and logistics agency for the revision of a law dealing with upgrading the freight forwarding industry. 


The China International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFA) would like to call on all FIATA association members to strengthen cooperation with each other to overcome current difficulties created by COVID-19, and create more business opportunities to benefit their members. To this end, CIFA will launch an online platform in October 2020 to build business cooperation channels for members through online meetings, workshops, seminars and dialogues; build an international logistics alliance; and provide assistance to members’ business development. More information on these matters will be communicated in due course.


The Federación española de Transitarios, Expedidores Internacionales y Asimilado (FETEIA) had a change in its board of directors. Martín Fernández has become the new working committee’s Technical Secretary. Also, FETEIA organised a webinar on ‘New logistics after COVID-19’ on 21 May, in which FETEIA President Enric Ticó and Technical Secretary Martín Fernández shared points of view and trends concerning the impact of the pandemic on the freight forwarding sector and the challenges faced in this new scenario. See the webinar presentation and video – both available in Spanish. 


The Federation of Malaysian Freight Forwarders (FMFF) was scheduled to host the FAPAA annual general meeting (AGM) in May 2020, and the Asean Federation of Forwarders Associations (AFFA) annual general meeting in December 2020. However, the FAPAA AGM has been postponed indefinitely, and uncertainties remain on whether the FMFF can host the AFFA meeting, scheduled for December of this year. The FMFF, in collaboration with Malaysia’s Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), is hosting a series of four webinars entitled ‘Logistics Tech Talks’, beginning in June 2020. 


Leasing of office premises and warehouse space accounts for the largest proportion of costs in the freight forwarding and logistics industry. Therefore, the Hong Kong Association of Freight Forwarding and Logistics (HAFFA) – together with a total of nine other allied logistics bodies – organized a press conference on 14 April 2020, to issue an urgent appeal to all of the landlords concerned, to provide the industry with rental relief, considering the negative impact of the outbreak of COVID-19. 


The Korea International Freight Forwarders Association (KIFFA) offers new training courses in many subjects. For more information, visit www.kiffa.or.kr


The Pakistan International Freight Forwarders Association (PIFFA) recorded a number of significant achievements.

  • Developed national qualifications in freight forwarding.
  • Received a foreign grant under TVET Sector Support Programme, implemented by GIZ, also co-funded by the European Union, Germany and the Royal Norwegian Embassy.
  • Inaugurated an office branch in Sialkot and also delivered its first ever ICAO-FIATA DG Air Course (DG courses at Karachi and Lahore have been delivered since 2014).
  • Nominated a seventh participant for the YIFFY Award 2020.


The Sri Lanka Logistics & Freight Forwarders Association (SLFFA) continues to conduct courses on freight forwarding and multimodal transport under its training institution AITT. When the country went into lockdown, lectures were conducted online via Zoom, with over 125 students participating in three different programmes. The SLFFA hopes to expand its online lectures to reach students in other provinces as well, such as Trincomalee and Hambantota. The SLFFA has also scheduled its AGM for September 2020.


The Association of Forwarding and Logistics of the Czech Republic (SSL) has successfully transitioned into the digital world. During the month of May, SSL held two webinars, one dedicated to the hottest situation on European roads and skies, with the second covering the result of recent talks with the ministries of transport, and industry and trade.

The SSL organized its annual general assembly, with all information screened online and supported by AFL President, and votes conducted with the help of a  dedicated tool, with legal notification. The SSL also used Zoom as well as www.sousede.cz, which was easy and reliable and saved significant amounts of time for all SSL members.


The Association for Transport, Freight Forwarding and Logistics Organizations in Ukraine (UKRZOVNISHTRANS) held an online marathon dedicated to international trade and transport. The participants discussed current challenges faced by logistics (rail, road and maritime sectors). UKRZOVNISHTRANS also launched its 43rd digital course on ‘Transport Logistics and International Freight Forwarding’. Then, in the framework of the International Trade and Transport Week, it held the 10th annual UNECE Trade and Transport Facilitation seminar. 


The vocational training seminars of Uluslararası Tasımacılık ve Lojistik Hizmet Üretenleri Dernegi (UTIKAD) continue to be delivered through online platforms. The subjects include transportation law, insurance, customs procedures and cost management in logistics businesses, to name but a few. Previously delivered in classrooms, online seminars enable participation from across the country. The feedback UTIKAD received after these sessions has encouraged it to deliver more online vocational seminars on diverse topics.

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